Oh, woe is us. Consider that the average American family spends $1,000 each year on the Department of Agriculture, whether or not it uses that agency’s services. The agency also employs 96,000 workers in 7,000 offices, and oversees 10,700 pages of regulations. These factoids and other wonders of bloated bureaucracy can be found at www.DownsizingGovernment.or g, a nifty new watchdog site launched Monday by the Cato Institute with a focus on inefficiency, ineffectiveness, redundancy and corruption.
“Some people have lofty visions about how government spending can help society,” says project leader Chris Edwards, director of tax-policy studies at the organization. “The essays on this Web site put aside such bedtime stories about how government programs are supposed to work, and instead focus on how they actually work in the real world.”
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